Nikos Kotzias in Cyprus (pcs)

Nikos Kotzias in Cyprus (pcs)

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is in Cyprus to participate in the 127th Council of Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Council held in Nicosia with the participation of 30 foreign ministers and 47 delegations.

Nikos Kotzias held talks with Cypriot counterpart of Ioannis Kasoulides, discussing bilateral and regional issues, while extensive information was provided on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue at a critical turning point that will determine the continuation of the two communities’ talks.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Greek Foreign Minister had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis. They held an extensive discussion in the presence of Cypriot Government Spokesperson, Nikos Christodoulides. The talks focused on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, the Cypriot President’s proposal to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and subsequent moves at international level to resolve the Cyprus issue.

Upon his departure, the Greek Foreign Ministry told reporters: “I had a meeting with the President of the Republic, who informed me of his latest proposals, and they are very interesting. We talked about relations between Greece and Cyprus. We discussed how we will find the best way to promote a solution to the Cyprus issue, of course, with regard to its external side which is linked to the status of Greece under international law “.

Kotzias later attended dinner organized by the Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides to his counterparts, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis.

On Friday, at the Philoxenia Conference Center, the work of the 127th Council of the Foreign Ministers of the European Council will be launched, where the treaty will be signed on the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Countries – an initiative of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of Europe.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the Greek FM will have bilateral contacts with Andorra’s Foreign Minister Gilbert Saboya Sunyé and with FYROM Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki. Meanwhile, until late on Thursday there was no news of a meeting with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Viorel Melescanu, which according to IBNA sources will eventually be held. There may also be other bilateral meetings that will be decided during the course of the Summit./ΙΒΝΑ

Photos: IBNA/Spiros Sideris